What is Holter Monitoring?
Holter monitoring is one of the safest common diagnostic methods, which makes it possible to examine the cardiovascular system and provides a lot of additional information about the work of the heart and the state of the heart muscle, which cannot be obtained in any other way.
Who needs Holter monitoring and why?
This diagnostic method is suitable for any age category, from the first days of a child’s life to “elderly” patients.
It is necessary to install the device if you have complaints about heart failure, namely:
- heart palpitations;
- the appearance of pressing or constricting pain in the region of the heart, left shoulder, left arm, under the left or between the shoulder blades;
- fainting, light-headedness;
- increase in blood pressure, etc.
You should especially pay attention if the listed complaints are temporary, then you need to contact a specialist who will refer you to this study.
How to prepare for this procedure?
You don’t need any special preparation to prepare for Holter monitoring.
The only preparation rule applies only to men who have hair on their chest, epilation is necessary to contact the electrodes with the skin and reduce the amount of noise on the recording, as a result of reducing the number of errors in decoding the ECG recording.
How is the device installed?
You come to our clinic at the appointed time, the nurse installs special sensors on the chest. The patient will be given a special diary: in which you need to indicate the data necessary for the analysis: physical activity (climbing stairs or squats – as a mandatory test with a dosed load, as well as all other physical activities that the patient will have during the monitoring), time sleep, complaints, as well as drugs, always with the indication of the time, so that the doctor would compare the entries in the patient’s diary with the picture on the ECG.
What are the results of Holter monitoring?
At the end of the day, the nurse removes the device and enters the information written in the patient’s diary into the computer. Further, with the help of a special analysis program under the obligatory supervision of a medical functional diagnosis, a conclusion is drawn up on the basis of which our specialists will prescribe further treatment.
A few tips for a good monitoring process:
- Avoid any contact of the device with water;
- Be sure to record all the necessary items in the issued diary;
- Check the presence and, if necessary, attach the electrodes if they are accidentally peeled off or unfastened.
This study is safe, has no contraindications and does not have a harmful effect on your body, so we are waiting for you within the walls of our clinic.